Ger­ald Ugle’s 100th game suc­cess

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Rachael Clif­ford

TWO-time pre­mier­ship win­ning cap­tain Ger­ald Ugle en­joyed a win in his 100th game at Bendigo Bank Sta­dium on Satur­day, with an 18-point vic­tory over Swan Dis­tricts.

Peel Thun­der’s win kept the fi­nals dream alive, fin­ish­ing 10.18 (70) to 9.6 (60).

Ger­ald was wel­comed on field by friends, fam­ily and team­mates, as son Cade and daugh­ter Sum­mer ran along­side their dad through the cel­e­bra­tory ban­ner.

Ger­ald’s wife Shi­ana sat in the front row with their two chil­dren and saw Ugle kicked a goal in the final min­utes to seal the deal.

She said Ger­ald felt the pres­sure head­ing into his 100th game.

“Yes, he was very ner­vous be­cause he knew all the fam­ily were com­ing down to watch him and it was a very sur­real feel­ing reach­ing his 100th game… it’s a big thing,” she said.

Ger­ald has not missed a game since join­ing Peel Thun­der in the 2015 sea­son, play­ing all 79 matches.

In 2016 he was ap­pointed cap­tain of the team, lead­ing them to pre­mier­ship suc­cess in their last two years.

Shi­ana said the chil­dren don’t un­der­stand the grav­ity of their dad’s footy skills just yet but en­joy watch­ing him play.

“They are still a lit­tle young but al­ways love watch­ing him play.

“They love telling the kids their dad is the cap­tain of the Peel Thun­der team,” she said. Shi­ana re­vealed their son Cade has just be­gun his first sea­son play­ing footy.

“Our son just started play­ing Aus­kick, so Ger­ald re­ally loves that; he takes him ev­ery Satur­day be­fore his game,” she said.

The footy-mad fam­ily still hold some hopes that Ugle will have a se­cond stint in the AFL, but have no ma­jor plans on mov­ing away from Peel Thun­der for the mo­ment.

Pictures: Sean Al­lan Pho­tog­ra­phy

Cap­tain Ger­ald Ugle car­ried off by Blair Bell and Traye Ben­nell.

Wife Shi­ana Ugle and chil­dren lap­ping up the oc­ca­sion.

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